I feel like pomegranates are fairly new on the scene (as in, the last 5 years). To prove this fact, I had to ask my friend, Jenna, how to eat one (ie: "do you eat the husk? is there a husk?"). She gave me really good step by step instructions, but then I forgot them, so I had to do a little research on my own. So, if you're like me and are (were) clueless about this fascinating super-fruit, here's your lesson:
Choose a fruit that's on the heavier side.
Color actually doesn't matter, but seriously, who doesn't want a nice ruby red pomegranate?
You will need a bowl full of cool water, a cutting board and a sharp knife.
I also threw on an apron because I heard the juice is pretty red and would stain my clothes!
Cut off the top 1/2 inch or so.
(See the juice?!)
Cut 5-6 evenly spaced shallow slits in the the peel.
Place the pomegranate in water and gently unpeel it while separating the seeds from the rest of the fruit.
Remove the large chunks of peel, and anything else that is not a seed. Some of the pith will float to the top, but some won't. Either way, you don't want to eat it, so get it out of there with your fingers or a spoon.
Rinse in cool water.
And that's it! You're ready to eat it.
My friend, Jenna, likes to crunch on the seeds.
I DO NOT. I just swallow them whole.
Ivy, on the other hand sucks them, then spits out the seeds. Typical 4 year old.
Below you can see the pomegranates in the tupperware on the far right...
This is how Ivy likes to eat breakfast. In a jazz table top.
Here's to a few more years of popularity for the pomegranate.